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Mount Baker Highway bypass now in place near Glacier

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 07:23

Andrea​ Petrich, communications, 360-757-5963
Gabe Ng, project engineer, 360-788-7403


Construction of new bridge gets underway


Bypass lane on SR 542 during work on Hedrick Creek


GLACIER – Drivers traveling west of Glacier on State Route 542/Mount Baker Highway should prepare for possible delays during the next few months. Washington State Department of Transportation’s contractor, Strider Construction, will build a 40-foot-wide bridge across Hedrick Creek at milepost 32 to improve fish habitat.


To make room for the bridge work, both directions of traffic have now been shifted onto a temporary single-lane bypass. A stoplight is alternating drivers through the detour around the clock until the bridge is finished. The speed limit is reduced to 25 mph through the work zone. Work on the bridge is scheduled to be completed in October.


This work is part of a fish passage project that will open 3,000 additional feet of habitat to salmon and other migratory fish in Hedrick Creek. The existing culvert channels water in a way that is not deep enough at certain times of the year, and allows water to flow too fast during other times.


The Hedrick Creek fish passage is one of more than 996 culverts across Washington affected by a 2013 U.S. District Court ruling requiring the removal of state-owned culverts that act as a barrier to fish by 2030.

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